I have an old clunker of a laptop, a Dell Inspiron e1705, that was running XP Media Center. I decided, against better judgement, to try to upgrade to Windows 7 and see how well it would run. As you can imagine, it didn't work well at all, so I tried to go back to XP. Unfortunately the conventional ways to downgrade back to XP did not work for me so I ended up having to do a total hard drive wipe with DBAN which I'm assuming also took XP with it because after doing the wipe everytime I power on the computer I get an error message saying "No boot sector on internal hard drive, no bootable devices."
I have played with the boot sequence and it gives me this error every time. I found that with a Dell you can hit CTRL+ F11 at startup to restore to factory defaults, but pushing CTRL + F11 does nothing.
Firstly, am I correct in assuming XP, or any other OS, has been completely erased? If so, I know it'd be fairly straightforward to insert the XP installation disks, but I (of course) don't have the disks. Is it possible to download XP on another computer and put it on a blank disk so you'd have your own installation disk?
I do have an OnTheHub account and could easily get another product key for XP but you don't get any disks that way, it's just a download. If you've got a product key can you request a disk from microsoft? I tried googling that to find out but it doesn't seem like you can.
Or am I totally off the mark here and there's a simple fix right front of me that I'm not seeing?